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TEL AVIV, Israel — Israel’s police chief has ordered an investigation into officers’ use of power towards Palestinians who had been gathering on the funeral of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.
Officers had charged at pallbearers, beating them with batons and inflicting the casket to just about drop to the bottom on Friday. Police have mentioned they had been attempting to forestall crowds from carrying the coffin and had organized with Abu Akleh’s household to ship it to the cemetery in a hearse.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in addition to the United Nations secretary-general and the European Union condemned Israeli police conduct in Jerusalem over the funeral for Abu Akleh.
In a press release, police mentioned “lots of of rioters tried to sabotage” the funeral ceremony and hurt officers, however that the police commissioner has ordered an investigation and findings will likely be offered within the coming days.
Abu Akleh was killed this week whereas protecting an Israeli arrest raid in a Palestinian refugee camp. There is a dispute over whether or not Israeli troopers or Palestinian gunmen shot her.
The 51-year-old was a well known journalist within the Arabic-speaking world, spending a long time protecting conflicts between Palestinians and Israelis — together with the Second Intifada of the early 2000s.
Since her dying, Abu Akleh has turn out to be a logo of Palestinians killed within the occupied West Financial institution. Her funeral drew hundreds of mourners.